While processing meat production is still not booming in Bohol, Governor Arthur C. Yap with the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) saw this as an opportunity to procure more funds for additional facilities in the production of meat. The Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh) continues to support those meat processors together with the Provincial Information and Media Relation (PRIMER) in documenting entrepreneurs going into the business.
In an interview with Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz, Provincial Veterinarian, she stressed the importance of Hog/Swine Raising in Bohol as an Agricultural Commodity. “Sama sa giingon ni Governor Arthur C. Yap, iyang gipresent nga among sa agricultural commodity sa Bohol ang Hog Raising, apan gamay ra siya’g value adding,” stressed Dr. Lapiz.
In value-adding, Bohol will not only sell live hogs and swine for 115 pesos per live pig but also render processed meat for the Boholano people and will protect them from risks of foreign viruses brought about by trading such as the Africal Swine Fever (ASF).
“Manawagan ta sa katawhang Bol-anon. Uso kaayo ang online selling, hasta sa processed meat, intawon be cautious. Kung mag online (buying) man galing make sure sa atoa ra ta mamalit,” reminded Dr. Lapiz.
Traditionally, Bohol has been trading live pigs and the processors for meat are in the neighboring provinces of Cebu and Leyte; hence, the processed meat is then traded back to Bohol at a higher cost as newly-packaged meat.
“We can do this on our own because we have the raw materials,” says Dr. Lapiz.
In addition to the processed meat project, the challenge of making local feeds for livestock is also very timely in this administration due to the program on enhancement for corn production at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). With the production of corn and other raw materials for feeds, the 70% to 80% production cost for meat processing and hog raising will be secured and potential biosecurity threats will be minimized. (Chaitanya Jaya P. Dy-Balahay)